The Reimann family, which owns the controlling stake in JAB Holdings and which is allegedly one of the richest families in Germany, will donate 10 million, or $ 11 million, to a not yet revealed charity after a three-year survey that it ordered discovered details of their ancestor's behavior.
A family spokesman said that Albert Reimann Sr., who died in 1954, and Albert Reimann Jr., who died in 1984, used Russian civilian prisoners and French prisoners of war as forced labor in the factories during the war and that they were anti-Semitic and avowed supporters of Adolf Hitler.
The investigation also found that Reimann Sr. donated to Hitler's paramilitary SS force already in 1931.
Investigators also found a letter from Reimann Jr. to a local mayor who complained that the French prisoners of war did not work hard and should be in prison.
"Reimann Senior and Reimann Junior were guilty. The two businessmen have passed away, but they actually belonged to prison," says Peter Haft, the leader and one of JAB Holdings & # 39; leading partners in an interview with German edition Bild. " We became ashamed and white as sheets. There is nothing to gloss over. These crimes are disgusting. "A family spokesman confirmed the quote to CNN Business.
The family expects to publish a book next year that will detail the ties.
JAB Holdings, based in Luxembourg, also owns Peet's Coffee, Pret A Manger, Einstein's Bagels and Coty.